The first of three volumes charting the history of the Modernist Magazine in Britain, North America, and Europe, this collection offers the first comprehensive study of the wide and varied range of 'little magazines' which were so instrumental in introducing the new writing and ideas that came to constitute literary and artistic modernism in the UK and Ireland.
In thirty-seven chapters covering over eighty magazines expert contributors investigate the inner dynamics and economic and intellectual conditions that governed the life of these fugitive but vibrant publications. We learn of the role of editors and sponsors, the relation of the arts to contemporary philosophy and politics, the effects of war and economic depression and of the survival in hard times of radical ideas and a belief in innovation. The chapters are arranged according to historical
themes with accompanying contextual introductions, and include studies of the New Age, Blast, the Egoist and the Criterion, New Writing, New Verse , and Scrutiny as well as of lesser known magazines such as the Evergreen, Coterie, the Bermondsey Book, the Mask, Welsh Review, the Modern Scot, and the
To return to the pages of these magazines returns us a world where the material constraints of costs and anxieties over censorship and declining readerships ran alongside the excitement of a new poem or manifesto. This collection therefore confirms the value of magazine culture to the field of modernist studies; it provides a rich and hitherto under-examined resource which both brings to light the debate and dialogue out of which modernism evolved and helps us recover the vitality and potential
of that earlier discussion.
Peter Brooker is Professorial Fellow at The Centre for Modernist Studies at the University of Sussex. Andrew Thacker is Professor of Twentieth Century Literature at the School for English Performance and Historical Studies, De Montfort University.
PART ONE VICTORIAN PRECURSORS; PART TWO FIN-DE-SIECLE VENTURES (1884-1905); PART THREE EARLY STATEMENTS (1899-1915); PART FOUR TRANSITIONS; PART FIVE INTERVENTIONS (1911-19); PART SIX EDITORS AND PROGRAMMES; PART SEVEN INTO THE 1920S: DISPERSAL AND DIFFERENCE; PART EIGHT COMMITMENT TO THE NEW: THE 1930S; PART NINE BEYOND THE METROPOLIS: NATIONAL AND MIGRANT VOICES IN THE 1930S AND 1940S; PART TEN THE CALL TO CRITICISM AND MODERNIST DESTINIES